Get ready to add this delicious ginger lemon & honey tea drink to your morning self-care rituals.
You’re probably familiar with hot lemon and honey tea, ginger and lemon infusions, and perhaps even ginger lemon and honey tea. Still, our version has a little more kick and a little more superfood power.
It’s a hot one.
Figuratively, and literally.
We believe you’re going to love our Ginger Lemon & Honey Tea recipe!
It’s cozy, warm, full of Vitamin C and other immune-system-supporting nutrients. It tastes surprisingly balanced for a sweet and citrusy tea.
This tea, homemade edition, takes less than 10 minutes to make with preparation and clean-up.
It’s simple, easy, affordable, and yet incredibly invigorating.
It may help your body fight colds, infections, and tummy bugs.
In addition to potentially supporting natural anti-inflammatory processes in the organism, help calm your nerves, and even support liver health . Bonus: it could help reduce belly bloat and improve digestion when consumed regularly in addition to your exercise routine.
We’re so ready to make it, let’s get to it!
GINGER LEMON & HONEY TEA RECIPE
Think of this ginger lemon honey tea as your body’s immune-system assistant; it won’t do the work for you, but it may certainly help the tasks get done easier.
To make this, you’ll need the following:
- 8 oz water
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp grated turmeric (alternatively you can use dried turmeric spice or the content of one capsule of a turmeric supplement)
- 2 tbsp juice of a lemon
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Extra: 1 tbsp of honey
- Boil your water.
- Add ginger and turmeric in a tea strainer, put it in your favorite cup and pour the boiling water through it. Alternatively, you can simply add the ginger and turmeric to your cup, just strain it after about 5 minutes to remove these spices.
- Remove the strainer after about 5 minutes. Add the black pepper, lemon and if you’re not vegan a little honey. Substitute the honey for agave nectar or maple syrup.
- Stir well and enjoy it!
You could dump all the ingredients in a cup and add boiling water, letting it steep for five minutes or so while you do something else, but we like to add the black pepper and lemon at the end to preserve their nutrients longer due to oxidation.
Generally speaking, food oxidation starts when nutrients get exposed to air, heat, and water. If left exposed for a long time lemons lose some of their antioxidant properties from the Vitamin C that makes it such an immune-supporting superfood.
While the ginger and turmeric seep their nutrients and pass it to the water, you can keep the lemon uncut and just add it at the end to have the freshest and largest amount of antioxidant activity possible.
To get the most out of your homemade ginger lemon & honey tea, follow the instructions above.
What Makes Our Ginger Lemon & Honey Tea Drink a Nutrient Powerhouse:
Each one of the ingredients in this immune support tea has been chosen for their remarkable nutrients, vitamins, and minerals and the health benefits associated with them.
Let’s take a closer look at these powerful, but simple, kitchen staples: ginger, lemon, honey, turmeric, and black pepper.
The Benefits Of Ginger:
Ginger is not just a delicious spice for cooking, it has some remarkable bioactive compounds that support health from the inside out. It’s in the family Zingiberaceae, and it’s related to cardamom, galangal, and the not-so-secret ingredient of our ginger lemon honey tea detox - turmeric!
It may help strengthen the immune system because of the active ingredient “gingerol,” which research shows may have antibacterial properties and supports the body’s defense mechanisms.
It’s also part of our detox tea, given that it could also help with digestion and thus, lower belly bloat. It may help you process food better and help rebalance the gut’s microbiome.
The Benefits Of Turmeric:
Turmeric’s main polyphenol component, the active ingredient “curcumin,” is one of the reasons we included it as the star ingredient in our ginger lemon honey tea detox!
This ayurvedic spice has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine, and it’s slowly carved its way to the US and the rest of the world due to its flavor, color, and potential health benefits.
Research shows that its high antioxidant content could contribute to its anti-inflammatory properties. When oxidation, a natural process in the body, exceeds the balancing forces coming from antioxidants (vitamins and minerals), the body goes into oxidative stress.
When the body notices oxidative stress, it tries to repair it and uses inflammation -another natural and healthy vehicle for healing- to treat the threat or injury. Consuming antioxidant foods or polyphenols, like turmeric’s curcumin, feeds the body the nutrients it needs to balance oxidation and naturally lower inflammation.
Knowing this, we had to add it to our detox tea - homemade edition!
The Benefits Of Adding Black Pepper To Turmeric
Turmeric itself is difficult to absorb; it’s a fat-soluble compound and it’s easily eliminated by the body. There are four ways to increase turmeric absorption and black pepper is one of them. The active compound in black pepper, piperine, makes curcumin 2000 times more bioavailable.
We added it to our ginger lemon honey tea detox to make sure you get all the nutrients from turmeric. If you are making tea, smoothies, baked goodies or other delicious dishes with turmeric, always add a little black pepper.
Also, if you are taking any supplements or superfood blends with turmeric, make sure that it includes black pepper to ensure digestion.
The Benefits Of Lemon:
In addition to great taste, lemons are rich in antioxidants, folate, potassium, and 88% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C per every 100 grams, or 8 tablespoons.
It’s one of the healthiest and most popular superfoods out there and it could also help reduce belly bloat in the same way turmeric does - supporting natural antioxidant activity. You can’t have ginger lemon honey tea detox without lemons!l
The Benefits of Honey:
Did you know that honey doesn’t go bad? It can’t rot. If you’re not vegan or you feel willing to use organic, raw, and natural honey in your detox tea, then the science behind honey’s long shelf life will reassure you.
Honey is almost water-free, or a very low moisture animal byproduct. Most bacteria need water to thrive. It is also a very acidic food, even though it is also a sugar, with a pH between 3 and 4.5, which kills off almost any bacteria that would survive the no-moisture environment.
It’s one of the safest ways to sweeten your detox tea. Alternatively, molasses has a similar and vegan reaction with a pH of 5.5, nevertheless, molasses do spoil.
Antioxidants and Relaxation
Our ginger lemon & honey tea is delicious, cleansing, warming, and satisfying. It’s a fantastic way to soothe your system and give it a break for highly processed, sugary, salty, or fatty foods - hello last night’s pizza.
It’s really just a way to help your body do what it does best - take care of you. However, we understand that having detox tea over and over can get a little boring, so feel free to mix it up with other infusions that have similar ingredients and different concoctions.
If you like to keep it simple, try our end-of-day Organifi Gold drink; it has maximum strength turmeric, ginger, and black pepper, but mixed in with adaptogen herbs and mushrooms that feed your body nutrients that support relaxation - like Reishi mushrooms.
This also helps your body balance oxidation and the best part is that it tastes nothing like mushrooms. Mixed with a cup of hot water Gold tastes more like a gingerbread cookie than detox tea, but due to its healthy ingredients, it does the same. In addition to the above, it has turkey tail, coconut meat, acacia fiber, cinnamon, lemon balm, vanilla, and monk fruit.
This ginger lemon & honey tea is a great way to start your day, but it is also a fantastic health-supporting drink any time you feel like you need some extra love.
To stay healthy, happy and calm this winter, try having ginger lemon & honey tea on a fasted state and end the day with a warming cup of Organifi Gold. Pure bliss friends!
Do you have other ways to add ginger and turmeric to your life? Any tricks to help us stay healthy this year? Share your tips and tricks below; we want to share them. We always love hearing and learning from you, supporting your journey and celebrating your success.
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